• What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Steroid Tablets

    Dec. 11, 2013

    Because drug interactions with steroids can cause harmful side effects, tell your ophthalmologist if you are taking any other medications (prescription and non-prescription), including:

    • Antibiotics;
    • Anticoagulants ("blood thinners");
    • Arthritis medication;
    • Aspirin or medication containing aspirin;
    • Diuretics ("water pills");
    • Estrogen (such as birth-control pills);
    • Insulin or any oral diabetes medication; or
    • Ulcer medication.

    Tell your ophthalmologist your complete medical history, particularly if you have:

    • Diabetes;
    • High blood pressure;
    • HIV or AIDS;
    • Liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease;
    • Osteoporosis;
    • Stomach ulcers;
    • Tuberculosis;
    • Thyroid gland problems;
    • Seizures;
    • Psychological problems; or
    • A current infection of any kind.

    Tell your ophthalmologist if you are pregnant, attempting to become pregnant or breast-feeding. Steroids can slow infant growth.